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Scores of KwaZulu-Natal ANC branches have lodged complaints at the office of secretary-general Gwede Mantashe as tension rises over nomination processes. Branch general meetings to nominate leaders ahead of the ANC’s December elective conference got under way at the weekend and were marked by accusations of intimidation, use of police and other state resources and manipulation of processes. Leaders backing Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s candidacy said 30 ANC branches in the eThekwini region, 19 in the Lower South Coast, 11 in Harry Gwala, eight in KwaDukuza and several in Inkosi Bhambatha and other regions had lodged complaints. Sthembiso Mshengu, a spokesman for the group that went to court and successfully overturned the 2015 ANC provincial elective conference that elected Sihle Zikalala’s provincial executive committee, said fraud and unconstitutional methods were being used to sideline those who did not support Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to succeed her former husband, President ...

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